Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointment and reappointments to the Workers' Compensation Board of Magistrates

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of John Housefield of Haslett as well as the reappointments of Keith Castora of Canton, Jane Colombo of Grosse Pointe, Lisa Woons of Grand Rapids, Robert Timmons of Grand Rapids and David Williams of Grosse Pointe Woods to the Workers’ Compensation Board of Magistrates. 

Housed within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Michigan Administrative Hearing System, the 17-member board chairs hearings on workers’ compensation cases statewide. 

“I thank these individuals for serving on this board and for the great work they can do serving the people of Michigan,” Snyder said. 

Appointment:

Housefield has been practicing law for 37 years, most recently at McGinty, Hitch, Housefield, Person, Yeadon & Anderson, P.C., with a majority of his practice being in workers’ compensation. He was elected and served nine years on the Workers’ Compensation Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Housefield holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He will replace Timothy McAree.

Reappointments:

Castora worked as an attorney with the Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith law firm in Lansing and has more than 25 years of experience as a workers’ compensation attorney. Castora holds a bachelor’s degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook and a law degree from the Michigan State University Detroit College of Law.

Woons has worked as an attorney for the law firm of Kluczynski, Girtz and Vogelzang, defending employers, insurance companies, and self-insureds throughout the state.  She has more than 20 years of experience as a workers’ compensation lawyer. Woons holds a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from Valparaiso University.

Colombo has worked in her own private practice as well as the law firm Evans, Pletkovic & Rhodes, P.C. She also served on the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board. Colombo holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Eastern Michigan University and a law degree from the University of Detroit School of Law.

Timmons worked at his own private practice and previously was a managing partner for Boyden, Timmons, Dilley & Haney, PC, and Boyden, Waddell, Timmons & Dilley, P.C. He holds a bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University and a law degree from the University of Miami School of Law.

Williams worked as an attorney and a partner in Kluczynski, Girtz, Zamler & McCubbrey, PC. He has more than 34 years of experience in workers’ compensation law. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University and a law degree from Wayne State University Law School.

Members will serve 4 year terms expiring Jan. 26, 2021. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate. 

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